My partner and I will be going to Rarotonga in April for 6 nights/7 days. I'm having difficulty deciding on the best place to stay for a combination of good snorkelling during the day and more restaurants/bars/things to do in the evening.
From what I've read, it seems the west side has a good combination of both more restaurants and good snorkelling, whereas Muri is generally more happening, has a nice beach but is not the best place for snorkelling, and is considered by some to be almost too "touristy".
I'm considering splitting the stay into two areas: one around Titikaveka or Vaimaanga and one in either Muri or the west side. Budgetwise, we have a wide range, which makes it harder to decide! We've been looking at places from NZD200 to NZD600 a night - we could stay in a less expensive place for a few nights and then splash out for the last few nights.
In Muri, would you pick Muri Beach Club Hotel or Muri Beach Resort?
Also, we arrive early in the morning. Any suggestions for what to do before we can check in?